A Virginia court seal, usually seen in a criminal defense case in Newport News and Hampton.


Obtaining Signature by False Pretense

  • To constitute obtaining signature by false pretenses the accused must:
    • make a false representation of a past event or existing fact; and
    • That when the false representation was made the accused had an intent to defraud; and
    • That because of the false representation, the accused obtained the alleged victim’s signature.
  • PUNISHMENT: Obtain money by false pretenses is punished as a Class 4 Felony.  In other words, an individual can be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of two to ten years and be subject to a fine up to $100,000.
  • VIRGINIA CODE: http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title18.2/chapter6/section18.2-178/

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